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iPhone Reporting: How To Do It All With Just One Small Device

27 January 2015

WTOP reporter Neal Augenstein will offer a "how to" session on everything from reporting to recording with the popular iPhone! Mark your calendar: Friday, January 30, 2015 at 9:30 AM (EST) at the National Press Club Journalism Institute in Washington, DC.

You'll learn: what iPhone reporting is; what equipment is needed; how to turn a iPhone into a microphone; how to record and share audio; basics of shooting video; and how to create content on mobile, for mobile. The session will include suggested apps and resources, a hands-on walkthrough and time for Q and A.

Augenstein is the Technology Editor and Reporter with WTOP-FM and – the all-news powerhouse in the Nation’s Capital. Neal started as a general assignment reporter at WTOP 18 years ago. In February 2010 he became the first major-market reporter to do all his field reporting on an iPhone. One of Neal’s earlier iPhones is part of the Newseum’s permanent collection, in recognition of his work leading the way in mobile journalism. He trains other journalists how to harness the power of the phone, and blogs about the latest ways to cover news-on-the-go at
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STOP Videos from playing on websites and Facebook

26 January 2015
CHROME ::: Turn off Flash autorun in Chrome type chrome://chrome/settings/content into the URL bar. Up pops a “content settings” page. Scroll down to “plug ins” and select “click to play,” and then “done. It's that simple. After that, every Flash screen will have a gray error message. Just click it to play the content. 

MAXTHON ::: Go to Settings   Advanced - Content Control and uncheck “Allow all sites to run plug-ins.” 

FIREFOX ::: There are two ways to block autorun videos in Firefox but the simpler and more reliable method may be to download Flash Block. You can get it from Mozilla here.
Once it's downloaded, install and enable Flash Block. Restart Firefox and from then on, you'll have to click on Flash media to get it to play.
EXPLORER ::: Use ActiveX filtering. Go to “tools,”  “safety,” and enable ActiveX Filtering. When you come across a page containing Flash videos, there will be a blue icon in the URL bar, indicating that the autoplay has been blocked. If later you want to see a video on the page, you have to click on the icon, which allows you to turn off ActiveX Filtering for that site. If you want to turn it back on, go back to square one.

FACEBOOK ::: On your Facebook page menu dropdown (accessed by clicking the upside-down triangle) select “Settings”:   At the very bottom of the left-hand side, click on “Videos” then Change the setting for “Auto-Play Videos” to “Off”.

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10 Reasons to Use Infographics in Content Marketing (Infographic)

16 January 2015
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